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Happy April!

Posted by helen on April 1, 2015

I guess BarbieCollector.com does not have the sense of humor as Amazon.com does.  did you visit Amazon today?

But, if you are not totally broke after the cold & long March, BarbieCollector wishes you order a sweet pie that’s so perfect for April Fools’ Day this is not a hoax, check her out:

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2015 Barbie Convention

Posted by helen on March 29, 2015

I think I’d spread the words:  the upcoming 2015 Barbie Convention still has seats open, so if you are interested in joining the fun, the registration is open.

here is the  registration form:


and you will get a convention doll like this


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Tips & Tricks –“Magic Comb”

Posted by helen on March 25, 2015

Sometimes your dolls need a little bit of grooming for improvement.

here I have a Fashionably Floral.  Her hairdresser was in rush when she was packed to leave the factory. her hair looks messy and some hair plugs are shown… if your doll is like mine,  you’ll need to comb & reset her hair.

you don’t need a  comb— use a  needle instead.

1. insert a needle under the first raw of her hair (or the raw next to her hairline)

2. Gently push the needle down and move it all the way to the back

3.  Insert your needle under the 2nd raw (then 3rd, 4th…)and  push it to the back…repeat the above steps  if necessary.

Result? Not a single hair is out of order!  Barbie’s Scalp is fully covered by her rooted hair layer after layer .


if her hair is too messy,  you can untie her bun then “comb” her hair with a needle.  Its easy to retie the bun, isn’t it?



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Pretty Picnic

Posted by helen on March 24, 2015

I think we can happily go on a Picnic without the  “Cherry Pie”

The girl with pigtails is the “Pretty Picnic” doll from 2000, she was $5.99 in the  stores, she comes with Basket, Cups, Placemats, etc. Her original outfits are somewhere I can’t find, she is now wearing “picnic set”(Gone Fishing) outfits.

And the redhead was “Luncheon Ensemble”, she was handy, right on my desk. so I let her wear the new Cherry Blouse I made.

cherry pie

cherry pie

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Happy the First Day of Spring

Posted by helen on March 20, 2015

Has Spring come? its snowing big. I can’t count snowflakes as spring flowers…

Dress up in Fashionably Floral anyway

As much as I like the face of this doll (Gala Gown) , her head is 30% bigger than the “Ravishing in Rouge Doll “.  it upsets me a little. but it isn’t her fault.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by helen on March 17, 2015

It seems I only post when a holiday comes.

st. Patrick's day

This Irish Lass knocked at my door early this morning. I found her on eBay last week, she arrived her new home on St. Patrick’s Day. what happened to her dress is a mystery, the dress turned into brown. one shoe is missing, so the seller did not ask for high price. She is my “luck of Irish”

well, a little photoshop work to turn the dress back into Green.

Wish I ordered the “Shamrock Celebration” Doll, but I’ll wait ’til the next St. Patrick’s Day.

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day, wish you find a pot of Gold.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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The Birthday Girl

Posted by helen on March 9, 2015

She arrived early this morning to surprise me– on her own “Birthday”.

Many people expected a birthday sales on BarbieCollector Web, unfortunately,  the promotion is a free 7″ mini calendar with orders of $50 or more. free shipping on orders of $55 or more

Shop.mattel.com offers 20% off,  most dolls are playline dolls on Mattel Web.  there are Amazon’s Flash sales, too –3 selected dolls at $9.99 each.

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Chinoiserie Chic Part II –Happy New Year

Posted by helen on February 19, 2015

nHappy Year of the Sheep

1. Say it with Flowers

Plum trees blossom onto the barren landscape in the cold winter, when other flowers have withered– so the plum blossom is called “a friend of winter” ,  it most vividly represents the value of endurance, as life ultimately overcomes through the vicissitude of time. The fragrance of plum blossoms “comes from the bitterness and coldness,” as the Chinese saying goes. Souls are tempered in the depth of experience, growing in inner strength and unyielding courage.

(Barbie’s Plum Blossom Dress is hand-painted by me, using Fabric Markers sold at Marshalls & Target)

2. Firecrackers & Red Envelops
Google knows the best: “In ancient China, bamboo stems were burnt to create small explosions in order to drive away evil spirits. In later times, the lighting of firecrackers signalled a joyous occasion and became an integral aspect of the Chinese New Year Eve’s celebrations.”

Red envelopes/packets are money wrapped in red paper given to Children from their parents, I think its time for Barbie to hand out Red Envelopes instead of receiving one, b/c she is no longer a child but old enough to be a grandma.

Barbie’s Firecrackers  are made of drinking Straws: just cut the straw into short pieces and string them together.

3. The sign is looking Good
I think this “Fortune” Sign has become a universal symbol.

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4. Red Couplets
Writing Red Couplets isn’t an easy task, as not everyone is a poet, even a best poet may not be able to come up with a pair of perfect couplets. but all Barbie has to do is to buy a couple of them and hang them up . they look pretty & festive, that’s good enough.

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Chinoiserie Chic Part I

Posted by helen on February 17, 2015

Every Day is a holiday, Barbie is hosting another party..

1. Raising the Red Lanterns to create a festive atmosphere …

the Lantern Makers want you to believe “the red lantern is a symbol of luck, wherever it is hung, that place will be prosperous and flourishing.”

Barbie’s Red Lanterns can light up if you push the tiny white buttons at the top,  I just don’t know how to replace the Batteries if they are out??

2. Paraols

Above the mountain is the dome of the sky. This is symbolized by the umbrella– its important function is to cast a shadow, the shadow of protection, thus the coolness of its shade symbolizes protection from the heat of suffering, desire, and other spiritually harmful force

3. Soul Food

Chinese Cuisine is widely seen as representing one of the richest and most diverse culinary heritages in the world… Holidays  are a time to celebrate with festive foods,   Many holiday dishes  have symbolic meanings… such as  Year Cake & Dumplings

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by helen on February 14, 2015

breaking news, Ken proposed.  I bet he proposed before, perhaps “many times”, but only got NO as answers.

Cupid Kisses

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